Growers feed with coccidiostst

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Growers feed with coccidiostst

Post by rick » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:23 pm

I'm intending to wean these 12 week old pullets off medicated growers pellets and onto unmedicated growers over the next 2 weeks. It seems unlikely in the autumn here with the temperature falling that any sporulated oocysts will be around in to cause a problem before they become immune anyway.
Does that seem like a reasonable plan?
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Re: Growers feed with coccidiostst

Post by Marigold » Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:50 am

With healthy 12-week-old birds, kept in clean conditions as yours are, I wouldn't have thought cocci was an issue really, especially with cooler weather on its way, as you say rick.
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Re: Growers feed with coccidiostst

Post by dinosaw » Thu Sep 14, 2017 3:28 pm

Yep 4-8 weeks is usually the danger period for cocci so by 12 weeks they ought to be ok.
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Re: Growers feed with coccidiostst

Post by rick » Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:55 pm

That's good news. Thanks for the check.
They are quite big already and have been interacting through the partition for nearly 3 weeks now, although their combs haven't really started to develop yet. Will be good to have the medicated pellets out of the way as one practical bar to introduction to my egg layers.
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Re: Growers feed with coccidiostst

Post by Poultryman » Fri Sep 22, 2017 11:17 pm

Does medicated feed help birds develop immunity? Well, it will depend on the medication in the feed, whetjrt coccidial or coccidiostat.
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Re: Growers feed with coccidiostst

Post by rick » Sat Sep 23, 2017 4:01 pm

That's interesting Poultryman. From what your saying I am guessing that coccidal feed has a low dose of coccidiosis eggs in to give them a controlled exposure before they are let out?
I haven't seen anything like that in the UK but I don't know (maybe for commercial flocks.)
but then this is only the second time for us, raising a few pullets well before POL.
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Re: Growers feed with coccidiostst

Post by Poultryman » Sat Oct 28, 2017 11:09 pm

Coccidiocidals kill the parasite while coccidiostats prevents their growth and multiplication. The former can also be used to help birds develop immunity by using sub-therapeutic dose. At high dose the birds will not develop immunity. Checkout this link: https://www.scienceinternational.com/fu ... 13.261.265.
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